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§ucaba (Abacus) - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

§ucaba (Abacus)§ucaba (Abacus)

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,988 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2988
Reviews: 717
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%


Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2011 Reserve Series Bottle Notes:
O.G. 27 Plato
F.G. 4.7 Plato
I.B.U. 42 units
Yeast: British Ale (House)
Cases: 1500 produced
Color: 36SRM (Dark Ruby)

(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 02-21-2008)
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big old thanks to sleuthdog for hooking me up with a long-time want. 2013 vintage:

The body is a murky red brown, with a touch of visible beading... almost like a port. Above that, there's a boozy looking set of carb - half finger of beige head retains well, leaving behind both spotty lace and imposing looking alcohol legs.

Huge vanilla, oak, sweet bourbon, toffee, dark red fruits, licorice or molasses, brown sugar maybe... mushy cherries, more vanilla... smells fantastic.

Wow. So... yeah. Wow. All the complexities of the nose converge on the palate to form something entirely unique. Like a bourbon/vanilla/cherry sundae with a perfectly reserved sense of sweetness. There's a nice underlying biscuit flavor that provides a great base flavor for an otherwise rather extreme beer.

This is exceptional stuff. Far exceeded my expectations, as I haven't been wowed by a barleywine in many moons. Well done Firestone Walker. Well done indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:05:13 | More by yamar68
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§ucaba (Abacus) from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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